Most of Chapter 11 in The Story of My Life was about Helen's time spent with her family and Miss Sullivan in their mountain cottage.
At the beginning of the chapter, Helen reflected on her time spent in the North. She had wonderful memories, and kept very busy during her time there. She also met many new people, some of whom communicated with her using the manual alphabet.
Helen spent the autumn after she returned home with her family in their cottage. The cottage was located in the mountains about fifteen miles from their home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. It was near an abandoned quarry, and train tracks ran nearby.
While there, Helen enjoyed exploring the forest. She loved the stream, the trees, the flowers, and many other aspects of nature there. She spent time outdoors with Miss Sullivan and her sister, Mildred. Visitors came and told stories. A hunting party left from the cottage, and returned later with enough meat for a large feast.
Helen, her sister, and her cousins loved the train. Helen described the excitement of her sister and the other children when they heard the train blow its whistle:
Sometimes a terrific whistle brought us to the steps, and Mildred told me in great excitement that a cow or a horse had strayed on the track (Chapter XI).